Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Looking forward to my new year |

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos: Looking forward to my new year

Mari Katherine Raftopoulos

For some reason, 2010 was a hard year to let go of for me.

One would think that after this up-and-down year, I would celebrate the new year and the new beginning.

Not that I’m not ready to turn the page in my journal, curl up in an oversized sofa of a quaint coffee shop and write down what 2011 will mean for me.

While I’m anxious to sit down and compile a list of goals and resolutions this week, it’s hard to let go of the ones I accomplished in 2010.

So first, I want to remember what 2010 meant for me.

As much as 2010 was both unpredictable and challenging, I wouldn’t trade a minute or an obstacle of it because of the growth I experienced as an individual.

For every tear, breakdown and loss, this year also brought laughter, friendships, realizations and love into my life.

2010 gave me strength.

Looking back on the year, these are my fondest memories:

Receiving my diploma on my mother’s birthday.

Hosting 40 of our family and friends during the holidays.

Discovering the importance of depth in culture, friendships, family and love.

Making our house our very own with my roommate.

Realizing that goodbye is not forever.

Oftentimes, when we have a bad year, even a bad couple of months within that year, we can’t wait until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve so we can put that year behind us and start fresh, with new resolutions and new perspectives.

But what happens to last year’s goals? Whether accomplished or not, do they get pushed aside for the newest resolutions?

For me, it’s nice to start fresh, but at the same time I think it is important to never let your New Year’s resolutions fade.

So this is what 2011 will mean for me.

The new year is new perspectives.

The new year is adventures.

The new year is different lessons.

The new year is less stress and more positive thoughts.

While 2010 gave me strength, 2011 will give me endurance.

This new year has me thinking about goals and resolutions more than ever, both small and large. That is the beauty of the new year — everyone is thinking about how they can make their year better than the last, how they can make themselves better.

Everyone is turning a new leaf at the same time. This year, among all my small goals and resolutions, I am focusing on one big resolution, to never stop making goals.

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